Review: Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Spark (Sky Chasers #2) by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Hardcover, 309 pages
Expected publication: July 17th, 2012 by St. Martins Griffin
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Waverly and Kieran are finally reunited on the Empyrean. Kieran has led the boys safely up to this point, and now that the girls are back, their mission seems slightly less impossible: to chase down the New Horizon, and save their parents from the enemy ship. But nothing is truly as it seems…Kieran’s leadership methods have raised Seth’s hackles— and Waverly’s suspicions. Is this really her fiancé? The handsome, loving boy she was torn from just a short time before? More and more, she finds her thoughts aligned with Seth’s. But if Seth is Kieran’s Enemy No. 1, what does that make her?

In one night, a strange explosion rocks the Empyrean—shooting them off course and delaying their pursuit of the New Horizon—and Seth is mysteriously released from the brig. Seth is the most obvious suspect for the explosion, and Waverly the most obvious suspect for releasing him. As the tension reaches a boiling point, will Seth be able to find the true culprit before Kieran locks them both away—or worse? Will Waverly follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? With the balance of power precarious and the clock ticking, every decision counts… every step brings them closer to a new beginning, or a sudden end…

I had to go back and look at my review of Glow because I remember being completely sucked into it, but I had it in my head as being a very weird read.  Once I read the review it seemed very much like the review I’ll have for this one, only I think I was even more sucked into this second book than I was the first.

I have all sorts of mixed feelings about the characters, but that’s actually a reason why I like it so much.  These kids are thrown in this horrific situation and they go a little crazy.  They are scared and they are angry, and they don’t really know what to do.  All of them seem to make mistakes over and over again and I dislike them all at some time or another.  But like I said in my review of the first one, these are mostly good kids, they just have to deal with things they shouldn’t have to, and make decisions that are extremely difficult.  Unfortunately  it takes a bit for them to learn from their mistakes.

In this book I’m pretty firm on which male character I like the best.  Of Seth and Kieran, anyway.  I really feel we got a better feel for their real personalities.  But the joy in this series is that you really never know how things will go in the future.  Perhaps I’ll change my mind again.  And this one had a good mix of Kieran, Waverly and Seth’s point-of-view.  I liked the mix, to see it from so many sides. 

This was an easy book to fly through for the simple fact it was constant action and impossible to put down.  I had to know what was going to happen next!  I also liked that this book gets the emotions going.  Mostly anger and frustration, but also seeing how some of the side characters really stepped up and were awesome, they turned into real heroes while some completely became insane and kept making stupid choices.

I’m generally not a sci-fi gal (love fantasy, but sci-fi, not so much) but there are a few series that really pull me in, and this is definitely one.  It’s different, and it has some weirdness (mostly having to deal with religion, which I’m just not exactly sure what I think of) but I like it.  And I like that feeling of really getting immersed in a world and characters.  This book definitely did that for me.  The end was a bit of a cliffhanger, but it kind of seemed like a good spot to quit.  Well, maybe I would have liked another chapter added on.  But as it was it worked good and I have to say that I am dying to get my hands on the next book!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. Ahhhh, I still need to read Glow! I’m so far behind on so many series that sound AMAZING, I wish I could read faster. Love that this one keeps you guessing with regard to Seth and Kieran, I always like to start out thinking I’m firmly rooting for one guy only to have another swoop in and steal my loyalty:) That happened to me in the Firelight series by Sophie Jordan. I’m Cassian all the way now:)

    Fabulous review Candace!

  2. I read Glow, but I obviously wasn’t as affected by it as you are, so I don’t really know what to say. I want to read Spark, but I haven’t been affected by science fiction novels as much as you are, even though I do want to see what happens to the kids who are on the ship. :)

    Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***

  3. Ahhh wonderful!!!! I can’t wait for this one! I loved the first book and I remember the shocking ending and the change of the characters! Now, I cannot wait!

    For some reason, I always mix up this book with Across the Universe but as soon as you mentioned Seth and Kieran I knew which story it was! :)

  4. Glow was a little…weird but I really, really liked it! I have this one on my shelf and need to read it. I like that you get to know the personalities a bit more (I’m hoping I still like the boys–I liked one over the other and then he changed! Gah!).

  5. I have Glow on audiobook, but I have yet to listen to it. I didn’t realize this was the sequel. I’m curious about the religious aspects and how they fit into scifi.

    Awesome review, hun. Thanks for renewing my interest in this series.

  6. I loved Glow. I loved the philosophical dilemmas in presented. The characters, on the other hand, drove me a little nuts. I’m glad to hear we get a good mix of POVs in this one, because I really want to understand them all better. Great review!

  7. I have to skim this one because I have Glow but have not yet read it. Maybe I will wait until I can get Spark and read them back to back:)

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